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auto maintenance February 10, 2018

Signs and Symptoms of a Failing Fuel Pump

You don’t have to be a mechanic like our team at Wiygul Automotive Clinic to know when a fuel pump goes bad, there will be problems with your vehicle. Fuel pumps quit working for many reasons, but once it happens the fuel injectors will be without fuel and the vehicle will stall. When the engine stalls, you will not be traversing the streets of Burke VA any longer — at least until it is repaired. Knowing the signs of failure is the best line of defense against sitting on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

  • You may think you have run out of gas or there is a problem with the gas gauge, but changes are, it may be the fuel pump that needs replacing.
  • A not-so-obvious indication of a possible fuel pump failure is engine overheating. When the fuel pump is heated frequently within a few moments of turning the vehicle on, such as is common in stop-and-go driving patterns, the fuel pump may overheat and cause the engine to overhead too. Typically, you may drive for 15 to 30 minutes, and then suddenly stop working and the engine gets hot. If after letting the engine cool down it functions appropriately again — only to repeat the behavior — this is a good sign the fuel pump is failing.
  • Unusual noises, sputtering or backfiring may also be indicative of a bad fuel pump. If the flow to the fuel injection system in the vehicle is not consistent, the engine may develop problems. Watch for things like a hesitant start or take-off, or a problem with starting the vehicle.

If you suspect you  are dealing with a failing fuel pump, stop in and see our trained, certified mechanics at Wiygul Automotive Clinic today. Knowing you can trust the people who work on your car, truck or SUV makes trusting the work a piece of cake.

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